And it's kinda perfect. It's everything that Josh and I need to live the life that we have been working so hard towards. It also happened VERY fast. We had been in the market for a property since this summer, but nothing was catching our eye for the area we wanted so we put the thought on the back burner for a bit. Fast forward to early December when we were on our way up to see a few properties. We had received a text from Josh's dad about a house in Isle, MN that had been on the market for over a year (how had we never seen it before?!?). After a quick call to the realtor, we were checking out the house a few short hours later. It was going to need some updating, but it has good bones and to us, that is all that matters. We tend to like to put our own stamp on things so this place completely fit the bill. The house itself is only 800 sq feet, which is perfect for me because that means cleaning it will be a breeze. Plus, it comes with a 2600 sq foot pole barn so that made the husband beyond elated. I love when we both come out winners!
We closed in early January and I have been up there almost every weekend since getting it move in ready. After getting the new hardwood floors installed (shout out to John Figi for doing an amazing job!), it was operation wallpaper takedown! I must say that now it is finally all down, I feel very naive for thinking this would be a quick and easy job. All it took was me attempting to do it by myself and accomplishing exactly 1 wall in an 8 hour period to realize that I needed to enlist some help. Unfortunately for me, Josh has been on the road this entire time because of his busy fishing schedule so his assistance was not an option. For the actual wallpaper removal I was able to get Josh's parents, brother and our nieces up there to make it happen and somehow we were able to get it down in one day. Fast forward to the next weekend of washing the walls to remove the adhesive. This is the part where I feel really stupid. I honestly thought I'd be able to buy an adhesive remover from Home Depot, give the walls a little rub-a-dub-dub with a sponge and that would be that. Nope!! I got to give it to the guy who put the wallpaper up because he made sure that it wasn't coming down anytime soon! Now, I usually don't wish bad things upon people in life, but I do hope that the inventor of the wallpaper adhesive got the karma that he deserves. That stuff is no joke. Josh's mom was up again on Saturday and my mom came up on Sunday. Our backs hurt, our arms were mush, and our fingers were prunes, but we got it done. There is a special spot in heaven for those ladies for all the help they've given me with this house (and life, in general). I honestly don't think there are enough thank you's in the world to cover how grateful I am for them!
On a side note, do you want to hear about what a wonderful photographer I am? So wonderful in fact, that I took all the "before" pics of the house which was followed by a couple of other photo shoots which was followed by a mass delete of my data card before I remembered to take the house pics off of it! So. Pissed. The only before pics I have now are the ones that the realtor took for the listing.
Anyway, here's where we are at for now. Thankfully, I have a 3-day weekend to *try* and get the rest of the house finished up. This weekend is spackle, sand, prime, paint, repeat! Wish me luck!
Hey there -
I'm Bri! Lover of food, wine, and photography that is currently traveling with my professional bass fishing husband along with our cantankerous rottie, Kigen. When not traveling you can find me living the lake life off the shores of Lake Mille Lacs in Isle, MN. Pour a drink, pull up a chair and join me as I journey across the country documenting it all along the way!